Have you ever wanted to learn more about the greatest Fraternity in the World? A Fraternity that has spanned Nations, Religions and still exists?
What Are the Masons?
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America.
As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.
The traditions of Freemasonry are founded upon the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and its fraternal ceremonies use the working tools of the stonemasons to symbolize moral lessons and truths. For example, Masons are reminded at Lodge to “meet upon the level of equality, act by the plumb of uprightness and part upon the square of virtue.”
Like most organizations, one will get out of Freemasonry what he is able to put into it. However, membership in Freemasonry is not meant in any way to interfere with an individual’s commitment to his faith, family, or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions, but rather it is a positive environment that reminds every Mason of his duty to God, his community, his family and himself.
Freemasonry provides opportunities for sincere, honest, forthright men who believe in God and desire to contribute to the improvement of their communities and themselves. Through our Masonic Fraternalism, we reaffirm our dedication and unity to become involved citizens who have a strong desire to preserve the values that have made and continue to make America great.
Content courtesy of the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
How do I become a Mason?
Freemasons come from all walks of life, but in order to become a Mason you must meet a few simple criteria:
- You must be a male, at least 18 years of age
- You must profess a belief in a Supreme Being
- You must be a man of good morals and reputation
In order to join you must seek admission by your own free will and you must be recommended by a current Freemason, unanimously elected to membership and willing to assume an obligation to the fraternity.
To get started simply go to the RI Lodge Locator and find a Lodge in your area! Feel free to email the Lodge or the Lodge’s Secretary to begin the process! When ready to find out more click on the Inquiry link on that page.
Degrees of Masonry
As you follow the path of Masonry you will have the opportunity to earn three symbolic degrees representing the lessons of Masonry.
- Entered Apprentice – beginner
- Fellowcraft – intermediate
- Master Mason – expert
All Shriners are Master Masons, but not all Freemasons go on to become Shriners.
Content courtesy of Shriners International.